This is not some revelation for me. I’ve embraced this sentiment for decades.
Despite my support for capital punishment, during my stints at WTMJ-AM and WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, after extensive research, I produced award-winning documentaries and reports for both stations that I’m proud were objective.
However, no objectivity on this blog. I’m a staunch proponent of the death penalty.
THIS IS NOT a blog about the pros and cons of killing the killers.
The catalyst for my blogging is this despicable guy.
This 30-year-old man was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of Milwaukee Police Officer Michael J. Michalski.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
(Jonathan) Copeland emerged from a pile of clothing, according to a criminal complaint.
Michalski’s body camera recording went black when he fell forward.
Investigators believe Copeland had run upstairs to escape officers with the Special Investigations Division who had come to arrest him on drug and domestic violence offenses Wednesday.
When he found the upper door locked, Copeland hid silently for more than 10 minutes in a pile of clothing on a landing until Michalski closed in.
Copeland is also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for shooting at Officer Travis Jung and Detective Jason Rodriguez.
After shooting Michalski, Copeland fired out a window at officers outside, the complaint states. One returned fire, caused Copeland to withdraw from the window. Copeland threw a .45-caliber handgun to the ground. It was empty.
Officers then heard Copeland yelling that his hands were up and not to shoot him.
According to the complaint, Copeland had texted his wife earlier Wednesday, warning that he would shoot police if they came after him. She had called police two days earlier to report Copeland’s threats to shoot up her house for not paying him for an unspecified expense.
“Police cant save u fyi,” he wrote, adding that he would shoot at police if she continued to contact them.
The complaint says that on the way to the hospital, Copeland told another officer accompanying him, “I will take it (a service weapon) off your waist and put one in the back of your head too.”
Copeland, a felon, has a long criminal record stretching back to his teens.
Copeland is scum. Not worthy of life.
Taxpayers should not foot bill for a lifetime of housing, food, and health care.
Copeland should not be afforded interminable appeals.
The rap against capital punishment is that the wrong person could be executed. In reality, that hasn’t happened because of the advance of police and criminology work since the early 1970’s.
When we have the murderer dead to rights he/she should be put to death, as in this case, because some crimes are simply too heinous not to inflict the death penalty.
I understand WI does not have the death penalty, and should, especially in cases involving peace officers as some states do or are working to pass.
But I don’t foresee this changing in my lifetime.
He ought to die.
Related reading: Capital Punishment: A Defense of Justice